Creating Personalized Anthologies Using Primary Sources
Finding, selecting, juxtaposing primary sources and constructing their hierarchy are difficult tasks even for professional researchers, not to mention those who engage in this pursuit as part of their educational work. Of major assistance for students and for the general audience with an interest in the subject are anthologies and source books. However, their compilers are frequently forced to limit themselves and their readers to “strong texts” (Banta 1993) from well-known “great books.” Modern technology allows us to remove these limitations and other restrictions. It allows students to compile personal anthologies of primary sources based on full-text online databases (Loebolus, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, The Perseus Digital Library, and many others). At the beginning of my “History of Ancient Education” course, I introduce students to my anthology of the pedagogical heritage of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome book. By the end of the course, students become authors of their own personal electronic anthologies on the history of ancient education. Creating similar personal anthologies can be applied to different areas, time periods, and corpora of texts as long as there are physical and digital anthologies available.